The Department of French and Italian

Italian Placement Testing on 01/12 in HRH 2.106B @ 3:00pm

Faculty and Graduate Student Colloquium

Thu, October 14, 2010 | HRH 2.118 French and Italian Lounge

4:00 PM


Associate Prof, Guy Raffa-Dante's Bellicose Bones
This talk, part of a book-project on "Dante's Bones and the Idea of Italy," focuses on how events surrounding the poet's tomb and mortal remains have been used to fashion him into a proponent of Italian nationalism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. A broad range of cultural activities and objects—including monuments, student protests, political rallies, stamps, postcards, and a battleship—illuminate Dante's evolution from the prophet of Italy's national movement and its claim on occupied ("unredeemed") territories to the spokesman for Italy's intervention in World War I and its capitulation to Mussolini's fascist belligerence soon after the poet's bones were exhumed and examined in 1921.


Graduuate Student Lynn Abell-Pavese in Exile: Foundations of Solitude and Otherness in Il carcere"
In August of 1935, after spending several months in the prisons of Turin and Rome, Cesare Pavese was exiled by fascist authorities to Brancaleone. This deportation not only provided the author with his first real encounter with the mezzogiorno but also had a profound effect on his literary aesthetic, manifest in his first successful attempt at long prose, Il carcere.  This novella develops themes that would come to dominate Pavese’s later work: insurmountable solitude and the failure of communication.  Specifically, the protagonist’s encounter with ‘otherness’ in Southern Italy leads him to isolate himself from society.  Through his various misunderstandings with locals, Stefano figuratively rebuilds the walls of his old prison cell and resigns himself to a solitary life devoid of meaningful interaction.  

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Tavola Italiana

Informal Italian conversation practice Fridays 3-4pm at the Texas Union's Cactus Café. Open to all students of Italian. Contact Antonella Olson for more information.

Café Français

Informal French conversation practice Thursdays in the HRH Lounge (2.118) from 3-4pm. Open to all students of French. Contact Nancy Guilloteau for more information.


Italian Placement Testing 

Antonella Olson will be administering placement exams on Friday, January 12th, at 3:00pm and Wednesday, January 24th, at 2:00pm. HRH 2.106B. If you are seeking to take an Italian Language Placement Test, please attend this session. Due to time constraints makeups are not guaranteed. 

Cineforum Italiano

Hosting Italian films with English subtitles every Thursdays at 8:00 pm in Mezes B0.306. 

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